Summary of Bill 148- Changes to Employment Standards Act, 2000

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Attached is a summary of changes for the upcoming year impacting the Employment Standard Act, 2000.

Many of the proposed changes to the Employment Standards Act are scheduled to take place on a rolling basis. As of January 1, 2018, many of the increased leave requirements are set to come into force. However, increased pregnancy leave and the ultimate minimum wage increase are set to come into force on April 1, 2018 and January 1, 2019, respectively.

Current Proposed Change
Minimum Wage $11.40/hour $14/hour (Jan. 1, 2018)

$15/hour (Jan. 1, 2019)

Vacation Time/Pay 2 weeks/4% 3 weeks after 5 years/6%
Public Holiday Pay new formula, no “time off in lieu”
Part-Time, Casual, Temp., Seasonal Employees same pay rate as comparable full-time (exceptions apply)
Scheduling right to request changes in work hours or location
3-Hour Rule 3 hours deemed (at min. wage) if regular shift reduced to under 3 hours minimum 3 hours pay for shifts < 3 hours or shift cancellation
Independent Contractors violation to misclassify
Record Keeping Requirements scheduling, leaves, on-call shifts, vacation time, pay
Family Medical Leave 8 weeks 27 weeks
Parental Leave up to 37 weeks up to 63 weeks
Pregnancy Leave (miscarriage or stillbirth) 6 weeks 12 weeks
Personal Emergency Leave 10 days/50+ employees 10 days (2 paid)/all employers, no note required
Domestic Violence Leave N/A up to 10 days, up to 15 weeks
Crime-Related Child Disappearance Leave 52 weeks 104 weeks
Child Death Leave N/A 104 weeks